More reviews: 24 March 2012 – Sir Mark Elder, Ryan Wigglesworth, Roderick Williams and the LPC

On Saturday 24 March, the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Mark Elder performed Delius’s Sea Drift with the London Philharmonic Choir and baritone soloist Roderick Williams; Elgar’s Symphony No. 1; and the world première of The Discovery of Heaven by the Orchestra’s Composer in Residence Julian Anderson (conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth).

Reviewed by Andrew Clark, Financial Times:
‘The rest of the concert, conducted by Mark Elder, comprised Delius’s Sea Drift and Elgar’s First Symphony, the former distinguished by the excellent Roderick Williams in the baritone solo and by the exquisitely tuned London Philharmonic Choir.’

Reviewed by Christopher Gunning, Seen and Heard International:
‘[Sea Drift] emerged, beautiful as ever, in this sensitive performance, with Roderick Williams and Sir Mark Elder obviously loving every nuance. No less magical was the singing of the excellent London Philharmonic Choir.’

Earlier reviews here

Listen to our March 2012 podcast, in which Julian Anderson introduces The Discovery of Heaven.
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One Response to More reviews: 24 March 2012 – Sir Mark Elder, Ryan Wigglesworth, Roderick Williams and the LPC

  1. Michael Bennett says:

    I read with interest Christopher Gunning’s very full review of the LPO concert at the RFH on Saturday last with Sir Mark Elder in Seen and Heard International.
    However I have to take issue with him over the line “To end a fascinating evening, the finale’s closing pages were genuinely thrilling, marred only by some over-enthusiastic members of the audience being far too eager to shout “bravo!” almost before the music had finished.
    That was almost certainly without any doubt ME he was referring to there as I got my ‘Bravo’ in before anyone else. The piece had concluded and I would refer him to the LPO / Handley recording of the same piece from the 80s where someone (not me this time) does exactly the same.
    Elgar’s monumental first symphony has a deep resonance for me on several personal levels and I am always deeply moved by it but also the ending just screams for the sort of response it got on Saturday and in my view doesn’t spoil it at all.
    Now if we had been talking about Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique then fair enough, anyone shouting Bravo or in fact shouting anything, anywhere near the end of that piece would be a Philistine. Not at the end of Elgar 1 though.
    With classical music audience’s dwindling year on year and therefore the long term future of classical concerts under threat (although probably not in our lifetime) I think Mr Gunning should have a re-think about making negative comments about audience members. He wont put me off I have been going for 30+ years and would just see him as someone that needs to lighten up a bit. However he might just discourage some younger people from supporting this precious genre in the future.


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